Photo Searchers last week along the Eel River in Northern California.
Authorities in Mendocino County Monday found the body of a 12-year-old Valencia boy who died along with his parents and sister when their SUV tumbled into a river amid a driving rainstorm.
Sandeep Thottapilly (42), his wife Soumya (38), and their children Siddhant (12) and Saachi (9), were in a maroon Honda Pilot with a California registration plate (7MMX138).
On April 6, witnesses reported seeing a similar-looking vehicle falling off a steep embankment and into the Eel River off U.S. Route 101 near Leggett, a small camping and hiking destination in Northern California, authorities said.
Crews search the Eel River in Mendocino County, Calif., for a missing family of four whose vehicle was reported submerged in the river on April 6, 2018.
On the day of the reported crash, a search and rescue dive team was dispatched, but the crews weren't able to search because a storm had caused an unsafe height and current in the river, the county sheriff's office said.
On Sunday, about 70 people fanned out along the river, which is about 180 miles north of San Francisco.
"The teams were unsuccessful in locating the vehicle. The searchers began to probe the water and located a vehicle submerged approximately 4-6 feet beneath the water". Once recovered the body was identified by family members. The California Highway Patrol did recover a part from a maroon Honda Pilot - the type of auto the family was traveling in, the sheriff's office said. "Several items have been positively identified, by the family members, as belonging to the Thottapilly family", it said.
Wunderlich wrote: "These items were of a personal nature and will not be described further at this time, but it does confirm the fact the vehicle that was seen going into the river was that of the Thottapilly family". Their last known location was near Klamath near the OR border.
The California Highway Patrol developed information that the family were travelling in a family vehicle, a 2016 maroon Honda Pilot.
They were reported missing April 8 after failing to show up for a visit with relatives in San Jose.
Sandeep, originally from Kerala, grew up in Surat city in Gujarat and settled down in the U.S. over 15 years ago.